Turn Off Ads?
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

  1. #1
    Member NebraskaRed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Lincoln, NE
    Posts
    1,140

    Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo



    Bernardo 'Bernie' Carbo was born August 5, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. Though he would eventually play as an outfield and a DH for many teams, he got his start with the Cincinnati Reds.

    Carbo must have looked pretty good to the scouts as he was the Reds’ number-one pick in the 1965 draft (ahead of Johnny Bench). He was called up to the big leagues in 1970.

    In his 1970 rookie season, Carbo posted career highs in batting average (.310), home runs (21), runs batted in (63), hits (113), on base percentage (.454), slugging average (.551), OPS (1,005) and games played (125). Carbo was selected “Rookie of the Year” by The Sporting News, and coming in a close second in the voting for NL Rookie of the Year.

    Carbo’s rookie year, like so many other young players, was followed by two disappointing seasons. Appearing in 106 games in 1971, Carbo saw his numbers drop dramatically as he went .219/ .338/ .339 /.677. He improved somewhat in 1972, but it wasn’t enough as he was traded to the Cardinals.

    His numbers continued to improve in St. Louis, but his time there was short. The Cardinals sent Carbo to the Red Sox. He got off to a rough start in Boston. Of his first day in Boston, Carbo said “When I first met [Red Sox owner] Mr. Yawkey, he was shining shoes in the clubhouse, and I went up to him and gave him $20 and told him to get me a cheeseburger and fries."
    Carbo’s eccentricities began to show themselves while he was in Boston. He would carry around a giant stuffed gorilla that was named Mighty Joe Young. The gorilla sat next to him in the middle seat on planes.



    On June 26, 1975, Carbo made a difficult catch in right field, crashing into the wall and losing his chaw of tobacco. He then asked the umpires for time so that he could search the outfield for the missing chaw; after holding up the game for nearly 10 minutes, he found it lying on the warning track and put it back in his mouth.

    Carbo would face his old team in the 1975 World Series.

    In Game 6, with two outs and two batters on base in the 8th inning, Roger Moret was up at bat. Darrell Johnson told Carbo to get ready. This is what happened, according to Carbo:

    “And I said, ‘Hey, I’m not going to hit. Juan Beníquez, grab a bat, you’re going to hit. Sparky's going to go to the lefthander because Sparky goes by the book.’ Darrell said, ‘Well, go up and stand on the on-deck circle.’ And they introduced me. So I’m still thinking Sparky will come out and take Rawly Eastwick out and go with Will McEnaney. But the umpire says, ‘C’mon, you’ve been announced, you’re hitting.’ So I go into the batter's box. I ain’t ready to hit. Next thing, strike one, strike two, ball one, ball two. Then he threw me a cut fastball, a little slider and I took it right out of Bench's glove — the ball just dribbled out. I step out and I’m thinking, ‘Aw man, I almost struck out. I was lucky.’ I hit the next pitch to center field. I rounded first base and I saw César Gerónimo going back. Rounding second, I knew it was gone and I’m yelling to Pete Rose, ‘Don’t you wish you were this strong?’ And Pete is yelling back, ‘Ain’t this fun, Bernie? This is what the World Series is about. This is fun.’ Johnny Bench said after the game it looked like a Little Leaguer learning how to hit. Pete Rose said it was the worst swing he ever saw. Don Zimmer said he thought it was over. Rico Petrocelli said it looked like a pitcher who hurt his arm, trying to make a comeback as a hitter.”

  2. Likes:

    Always Red (08-15-2013), Bob Borkowski (08-14-2013), BoxingRed (08-15-2013), cumberlandreds (08-14-2013), KittyDuran (08-14-2013), RedFanAlways1966 (08-14-2013), Roy Tucker (08-14-2013)

  3. Turn Off Ads?
  4. #2
    Member NebraskaRed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Lincoln, NE
    Posts
    1,140

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    His major league career ended in 1980 when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Carbo went on to cosmetology school and opened a hairdressing salon. In 1985, in a federal drug distribution trial, former Cardinal Keith Hernandez said Carbo was the man who introduced him to cocaine in 1980. Carbo claims that he subsequently lost his house and his salon due to the press coverage.

    Carbo’s drug use continued to grow. According to Carbo, his drug habit got so bad he was spending “$32,000 a month” on drugs, mostly cocaine.

    On April 1, 2010, in an interview with the Boston Globe, Carbo admitted to doing drugs during the 1975 World Series. He states, "I probably smoked two joints, drank about three or four beers, got to the ballpark, took some [amphetamines], took a pain pill, drank a cup of coffee, chewed some tobacco, had a cigarette, and got up to the plate and hit." In the same article, Carbo states, "I played every game high. I was addicted to anything you could possibly be addicted to. I played the outfield sometimes where it looked like the stars were falling from the sky."

    Carbo is co-founder of the Diamond Club Ministry, and offers hitting classes to “children and youth of all ages.”
    Last edited by NebraskaRed; 08-14-2013 at 01:26 PM.

  5. Likes:

    Bob Borkowski (08-14-2013), cumberlandreds (08-14-2013), Norm Chortleton (08-15-2013)

  6. #3
    Member cumberlandreds's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Sterling VA
    Posts
    8,775

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    Carbo is another case study that drugs will ruin a career in a heartbeat. No telling how good he could have been if he had stayed away from them.
    Reds Fan Since 1971

  7. #4
    Beer is good!! George Anderson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Posts
    4,704

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    This made my day.



    The Cardinals sent Carbo to the Red Sox. He got off to a rough start in Boston. Of his first day in Boston, Carbo said “When I first met [Red Sox owner] Mr. Yawkey, he was shining shoes in the clubhouse, and I went up to him and gave him $20 and told him to get me a cheeseburger and fries."
    Last edited by George Anderson; 08-14-2013 at 02:13 PM.
    "Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard

  8. Likes:

    Big Klu (08-15-2013), KittyDuran (08-14-2013), RANDY IN INDY (08-14-2013)

  9. #5
    8.3 Posts Abv Replacement BluegrassRedleg's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    South of Cincinnati
    Posts
    1,829

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    Watched his HR in Game 6 the other day. He couldn't have looked any worse with his previous swings in that AB. Then jacks one out to dead center. Oh well, Redlegs TCB in Game 7.
    Rounding third and heading for home...

  10. Likes:

    goreds2 (08-15-2013)

  11. #6
    For a Level Playing Field RedFanAlways1966's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Oakwood, OH
    Posts
    11,575

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo



    Also called out in the 1970 World Series in one the most famous blown calls ever. For the younger crowd that may not know about it... check out where the ball is when he is "tagged out" and the positioning of the home plate umpire.
    Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.

  12. Likes:

    Always Red (08-15-2013), Big Klu (08-15-2013), Norm Chortleton (08-15-2013), RANDY IN INDY (08-15-2013)

  13. #7
    Matt's Dad RANDY IN INDY's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    Posts
    15,247

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    I was 9 years old when the phantom tag occurred. It still makes me mad when I see that picture. C'mon Ken Burkhardt.
    Talent is God Given: be humble.
    Fame is man given: be thankful.
    Conceit is self given: be careful.

    John Wooden

  14. Likes:

    Always Red (08-15-2013), RedFanAlways1966 (08-15-2013)

  15. #8
    nothing more than a fan Always Red's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Cincy West
    Posts
    4,747

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    I was 9 years old when the phantom tag occurred. It still makes me mad when I see that picture. C'mon Ken Burkhardt.
    I love the fact that, even years later, Earl Weaver would taunt Carbo with it: "Bernie, you're STILL out!"

  16. Likes:

    goreds2 (08-15-2013)

  17. #9
    nothing more than a fan Always Red's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Cincy West
    Posts
    4,747

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    Could Ken Burkhart have been any more in the way, and out of position?


  18. #10
    Member cumberlandreds's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Sterling VA
    Posts
    8,775

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    ^ The thing about that play was that Carbo never touched home plate either. Burkhardt should have just laid there until a tag was made or Carbo touched home before he made any call.
    Reds Fan Since 1971

  19. #11
    nothing more than a fan Always Red's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Cincy West
    Posts
    4,747

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    ^ The thing about that play was that Carbo never touched home plate either. Burkhardt should have just laid there until a tag was made or Carbo touched home before he made any call.
    True, but that's because it was being blocked by both Elrod and Ken Burkhardt!

    Burkhardt missed the entire play, and then made an assumption because the throw beat the runner to the plate.

  20. #12
    Matt's Dad RANDY IN INDY's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    Posts
    15,247

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    Carbo actually stepped on the plate during the ensuing argument. Elrod Hendricks still hasn't tagged him.
    Talent is God Given: be humble.
    Fame is man given: be thankful.
    Conceit is self given: be careful.

    John Wooden

  21. #13
    Member cumberlandreds's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Sterling VA
    Posts
    8,775

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    Carbo actually stepped on the plate during the ensuing argument. Elrod Hendricks still hasn't tagged him.

    Hendricks will have to tag him from the grave now. He died a few years ago.
    Reds Fan Since 1971

  22. #14
    Beer is good!! George Anderson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Posts
    4,704

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    Quote Originally Posted by Always Red View Post
    Could Ken Burkhart have been any more in the way, and out of position?

    Burhhart actually played for the Reds in the 40's and picked up umpiring after he retired.

    Whenever someone wants to claim umpiring is worse now than it has ever been, just show them this picture.
    "Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard

  23. #15
    * Bat Votto Second * goreds2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    OH H - EYE OH
    Posts
    2,669

    Re: Player Profiles - Bernie Carbo

    My heart sank when Carbo hit that game 6 homerun almost more than the Fisk one. Funny how Fisk's homer over looks Carbo's.

    Carbo's was BIG TIME clutch.
    * Attended the 1990 and 2010 Reds Division clinchers *

    Watched the 2012 Clincher on FOX.
    Proud owner of a 1990 Dodge Class B Motorhome: A chick magnet!
    GO STEELERS
    www.tracyjonesonline.com
    Great YOUTUBE videos.


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25